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On the Books: 'Maze Runner' author James Dashner to pen new prequel


Young adult author James Dashner will write a new prequel to his bestselling post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Maze Runner, after 20th Century Fox’s film adaptation of the first novel topped the box office with a $32.5 million opening weekend. The Fever Code will be published in 2016 by Delacorte Press (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books). Pre-production on the movie adaptation of the second book in the dystopian series, The Scorch Trials, has already begun, and the film is set for release in Sept. 2015.

The Maze Runner books run in the same vein as Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, another successful franchise sprung from a young adult trilogy. A press release explains that the second prequel “delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created.” [GalleyCat]


Marie Lu answers burning questions about the final Legend novel 'Champion'. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE

Marie Lu’s epic dystopian series, which began with Legend and continued with Prodigy, comes to an end with the third installment Champion (Nov. 5). By the beginning of Champion, June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic, and now they’re on the brink of a new existence — a country at peace, with hope of reunification with the Colonies. Both are back in the good graces of the Republic: June is working within the government’s highest circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high-level military position. But just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies. War threatens the Republic’s border cities once again. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever and, as June soon discovers, the Republic’s only means of defense could cost Day everything he has.

For fans who are itching for more of June and Day’s saga, we have two treats: the first look at the cover of Champion, and a teaser interview with Lu. Check them both out below! READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'Steelheart' by Brandon Sanderson -- EXCLUSIVE

Just as Brandon Sanderson’s final novel in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light, comes out tomorrow, fans get to look forward Steelheart, Sanderson’s dark dystopian trilogy-starter coming out this September. Check out a sneak peek at the Steelheart cover below! READ FULL STORY

'The Forsaken': Author Lisa Stasse talks debut novel and reveals title for book 2


In a genre that seems to be all the rage right now (thank you, Suzanne Collins), it’s always nice to find a new YA dystopian series that you just can’t seem to put down. Such is the case with Lisa Stasse’s debut, The Forsaken, which hit shelves last month. The first in a planned trilogy, The Forsaken, is a fast-paced novel that’s unsurprisingly drawing comparisons to The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. But you’ll quickly get sucked into the story and soon forget the aforementioned comparisons are why you decided to give it a chance in the first place.

Set in the near future, The Forsaken follows Alenna, a 16-year-old orphan living in the U.N.A., a super-country that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But when she fails a government-mandated test, she’s sent to Island Alpha (a.k.a. The Wheel) where all would-be criminals end up. Life expectancy for prisoners on the island is only two years, so Alenna and the other inhabitants struggle to survive in the less-than-ideal conditions.

Here, Stasse talks about her inspiration for the book, answers some burning questions about book one, and reveals for the first time the title of the next book in the trilogy. Warning: Mild spoilers ahead! 


See the trailer and first excerpt for 'The Kill Order', prequel to 'The Maze Runner' -- EXCLUSIVE

James Dashner’s Maze Runner series has sold over 1.4 million copies and has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox. Now his fans are anxiously awaiting the prequel novel that will explain the origins that Thomas and his friends inhabit. From the official description:

Teenagers Mark and Trina are riding the underground train home from school one day when their lives are forever changed. Sun flares have hit the earth, scorching everything and everyone in its path, and leaving Mark and Trina to fend for themselves as they fight to survive in a world decimated by natural disaster. Witnessing the desperation of the human race, the pair link up with others who also want to find a way to exist in the aftermath. Just when it seems like they may have a fighting chance, the remaining population is attacked. They’re shot with darts that deliver a death blow like no other – a fatal virus that affects the brain and can spread like wildfire. As Mark and Trina witness the effects of the virus, they and their friends begin a frantic search to uncover the source, and to attempt to end any further destruction before it is too late. Before the virus takes them as well…

If you want more from The Kill Order before its release on Aug. 14, check out the exclusive trailer and excerpt below! READ FULL STORY

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